Piper Malibu Meridian
The Piper Malibu Meridian is a single turboprop engine, pressurized, retractable gear aircraft produced by Piper from 2001 until 2015. Model PA46-500T seats up to 5 passengers and 1 pilot.
Wing span: 43 ft
Length: 29 ft 7 in
Height: 11 ft 4 in
Pilot and copilot Meggitt EFIS, Dual GNS 530s, Avidyne package on 2006 & up, G1000 on 2009 & up, 3-ax AP, radar, TAWS B, ADS-B
Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
Horsepower: 500 hp
Overhaul (HT): 3600 TBO (Average OH $325,000)
|Horsepower: 500.00||Gross Weight: 5,902|
|Top Speed:||Empty Weight: 3,406|
|Cruise Speed: 260||Fuel Capacity: 170|
|Stall Speed (dirty): 60||Range: 1,000 nm|
|Rate of Climb: 1,556||Rate of Climb (One Engine):|
|Service Ceiling: 30,000||Ceiling (One Engine):|
|Ground Roll: 1,650||Ground Roll 1,020|
|Takeoff Roll Over 50 ft: 2,438||Landing Roll Over 50 ft: 2,110|
In 1997, Piper announced its intention to market a turboprop-powered version of the Malibu, and flew a prototype the following year powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A of 500 shp. Certification was achieved in September 2000 and deliveries began in November that year. Changes made to allow for turboprop power include larger wings and tail surfaces. In 2009, Piper began offering the Meridian with a three-screen version of the Garmin G1000 including the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot as a replacement for the Avidyne Entegra system.
Piper added wing root filets to increase wing area and 342 lb of fuel capacity, a larger tailplane and reinforced wing spar and landing gear to raise MTOW to 4,850 lb then 5,092 lb from 2003. For a 1,000 nmi trip, block fuel is 985 lb at 233 kn block speed, while its maximum cruise speed is 260 kn and a useful load of 1698 lbs.
The Piper Meridian is a prime example of when performance meets efficiency. The Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A turboprop engine allows for notable speed and agility, with 500 horses pulling passengers to altitude with ease. Holding the title of both lowest fuel burn and lowest acquisition cost in its class, the Meridian also displays an unmatched value.